Well, in celebration for National Red Hair Day – the main character in AMANITA is Artemis Lamb… she’s a red haired medical malpractice investigator and assassin. Yeah, she’s my favorite character…
From Chapter 1 – AMANITA
“One day, Artemis was in a work meeting; A new file was being assigned
to her. She was unaware that soon she would meet her praetorian minder.
And her understanding about the supernatural world was about to
“Girl,” Wylie said. He was older, wrinkled and bald. He sounded like he
was straight out of eastern North Carolina.
“I’m not a girl,” Artemis said. She was now a tall, athletic and a striking
redhead that lacked freckles.
“True. I’ll not tangle with you, you’d hurt me,” Wylie said. He tapped
atop his yellow oak desk for a pack of cigarettes, even though he stopped
smoking years earlier. “You’re my best investigator, warning, this file’s not
pleasant. To be blunt, it’s a mess.”
“When you use, not pleasant, and the word, mess,” Artemis said. “I get
knots in my stomach.”
The medical malpractice insurance business was not a kind world. The
files Artemis investigated were all about after-the-facts, as in, after a physi‐
cian amputated the wrong limb, or the wrong baby died during childbirth,
or the wrong anesthesia protocol gorked an innocent patient’s brain.
“We’ve got millions exposed,” Wylie said. He squirmed on his high-
back leather chair as he fumbled with his thumb and forefinger along the
edge of a common Manila envelope. “The captive tower’s funded. Actu‐
aries completed the funding study late last year, then some nitwit in Fort
Wayne got greedy, and decided we should reinsure the entire deal, the
entire tower, but now?””